India bans nationals from travelling to Libya

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NEW DELHI: India on Monday banned its nationals from travelling to Libya for any reason, citing potentially deadly security threats.

A foreign ministry statement announced the indefinite travel ban.

Some 18,000 Indians worked in Libya before the country descended into chaos in 2011, in local hospitals, teaching institutions and construction.

 

Thousands were evacuated after the conflict began.

Monday’s decision was  apparently dictated by recent weeks of increased violence, with the Islamic State group looking to expand its footprint beyond its coastal stronghold at Sirte.

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